Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign is apparently vetting former rival Carly Fiorina as a potential running should the Texas senator win the Republican presidential nomination.
A spokeswoman for the former Hewlett-Packard CEO confirmed to the Weekly Standard that that Cruz campaign was looking into the possibility of adding Fiorina to the ticket and added that Fiorina has already met with Cruz campaign staffers and has handed over financial disclosures and other documentation.
A Cruz campaign spokesman confirmed that, should the Texas senator win the Republican nomination, Fiorina would be on his shortlist for VP.
"Any responsible future leader of the free world has to be looking at having a potential successor in a vice president," said Chad Sweet, the Cruz campaign national chairman, according to the Hill. "He is vetting a number of solid candidates, and certainly Ms. Fiorina is absolutely one of them. She's one of the most talented business leaders of modern time and she's been a great supporter."
Ever since dropping her own presidential bid and coming out in support of Cruz in March, Fiorina has made frequent campaign and fundraising appearances to stump for the Cuban-American lawmaker.
Analysts say that Fiorina could give Cruz a boost during the general election if he is able to defeat Donald Trump and win the GOP nomination – especially if he goes up against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
During her time as a Republican presidential hopeful, Fiorina was a sharp critic of Clinton – particularly when slamming her for her use of a private email server while secretary of state – and Cruz’s campaign also hopes that she could help them steal away female voters from Clinton.
Along with Fiorina, another former Republican candidate has been listed as a possible choice to joining Cruz’s ticket.
Last month, it was reported that Cruz’s campaign has been courting former rival Marco Rubio to possibly join the Texas senator in what's being called a “unity ticket.”
Rubio, the Florida senator who dropped out of the GOP race following a disappointing finish in his home state in March, has reportedly told Cruz’s team that he is not interested in the deal despite all the courting.
The Florida lawmaker’s rebuke, however, appears not to have stopped Cruz’s camp from continuing to think of ways to lure Rubio in. His campaign has even apparently begun polling prospective voters in states with primaries coming up to gauge their opinion of the two senators running on the same ticket.
If Cruz can’t get Rubio to join him on the ticket, he at least wants to get his endorsement, something insiders have said is quite possible.
The two Cuban-American lawmakers have purportedly patched up their relationship, which was contentious while they were presidential rivals. Rubio has so far been coy about whom – if anyone – he will endorse for president.
“There’s time to prevent a Trump nomination, which I think would fracture the party and be damaging to the conservative movement,” Rubio told reporters.